Tai Chi Qigong

The origins of Qigong can be traced back to ancient China and, simply put, Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) means “energy” and gong means work.  This easy, relaxed, gentle exercise (or ‘work’) that we do, is designed to move the energy round the body via the meridians or “energy pathways” to benefit the bones, organs, immune system, vitality, general health and peace of mind.  Effective for any age or fitness level, whether you are used to exercise or not.

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese exercise system to integrate the body and mind.  Originally created as a martial art, Tai Chi as it is practiced in the west today is considered less as a martial art, and more as a form of moving meditation.  There are a number of  forms or sequences of movements, performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them, which are well known for their health giving properties, and can be taken up at any age, young or mature, requiring no special level of fitness to do so.  This is because Tai Chi Chuan is an “internal” art.  It does not rely on muscle strength but comes from the breathing, body alignment, relaxation, coordination and state of mind of the practitioner.

These classes require no special equipment, just comfortable clothing, flat shoes and an interested mind.  Tai Chi provides many benefits which include:

  • Improved Posture
  • Greater Body Awareness
  • Increased Relaxation
  • Better Focus
  • Deeper sense of Self
  • Increased Immunity
  • More Confidence

“Tai Chi is extremely valuable for people wanting to create a healthier physical and mental context for themselves.”    Linda Chase Broda.